The 2015 Philadelphia International Cycling Classic | Photo Essay

The Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, in its 30th year, brings a touch of European-style one day racing to the United States. It is one of the most spectator-friendly, energetic, and technically difficult races on the planet and gives the peloton a taste of something truly American. A twisting, undulating urban route through one of our country’s most historic cities, speeding by raised railroad tracks, rivers, party houses, and up and down the Manayunk Wall and Lemon Hill. This photo essay captures sights that make this race uniquely “Philly”, and one of the major highlights of the race calendar.

A palatial spread greets the riders every morning, thanks to soigneur Jose Sousa and his assistant in Philly, longtime team staffer John Garcia.

A palatial spread greets the riders every morning, thanks to soigneur Jose Sousa and his assistant in Philly, longtime team staffer John Garcia.

West Chester native Scott Zwizanski got some chalk love on Lemon Hill. His dad, on the side of the course, explained to me that its been there for years and the city always tars over it, but people paint in back promptly.

West Chester native Scott Zwizanski got some chalk love on Lemon Hill. His dad, on the side of the course, explained to me that its been there for years and the city always tars over it, but people paint in back promptly.

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Lex Albrecht, spent after trying to move up on the final climb to the line. She started around 30th place, and ended up finishing in the top ten, frustrated with her performance.

Lex Albrecht, spent after trying to move up on the final climb to the line. She started around 30th place, and ended up finishing in the top ten, frustrated with her performance.

 

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